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5 Retro Games That Need Online Play

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Nintendo announced a few months ago that their paid online service is going to come with 1 NES or SNES game a month. As an added bonus, those games will include newly added online play.   To a retro gamer and Nintendo fan like myself, this is more exciting than the free games offered through PS+ and XBox Gold.

Now as we wait for Nintendo to roll out the details, I have begun imagining what games I want to play online the most.  I am currently more interested in competitive multiplayer than co-op or leaderboards.  I feel with competitive multiplayer you can get more replay value and varied results than online 2player co-op.

Before we get into the 5 I want to see the most, let me quickly go over a few that I disqualified.   The main reasons for disqualifying some titles was because of licensing issues or that there is already an updated equivalent around that won’t want old school competition.   So here we go:


Disqualified Contenders:

  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) – Capcom recently released this in the “Disney Afternoon Collection”, it’s doubtful they’d release this again with online play)
  • Tetris (NES) – Puyo Puyo Tetris is already out on the Switch and it does a great job of filling the need for online Tetris
  • Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES) – This is a Puyo Puyo clone that I used to play on Super Nintendo, it also is not necessary for online additions since the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (NES) – I love this game, but I don’t see it coming ever to the Switch as an online NES port.  Maybe as a complete remake or an actual arcade port though.  
  • Street Fighter II (SNES) – With Ultra Street Fighter II on the Switch I don’t see any need for a Street Fighter II online port.  
  • Killer Instinct (SNES) – I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP anymore as they haven’t released it on Virtual Console before and Microsoft released a newer version on XB1
  • NBA Jam (SNES) – I know EA owns the rights to NBA Jam, but I don’t know if they can re-release the originals. Anyhow, this would be better served as an all new release like the XBLA/PS3 “On Fire Edition”

Ok, now onto the 5 (sorry I know Top 5 lists can be a pain in the ass)

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Believe it or not, this game used to actually be online for the Super Nintendo through the XBand service.  This was my favorite baseball game of the era and possibly my favorite baseball game of all-time.  I don’t think most people have as much of a desire to play this online as I do, but I really want to relive the online XBand matches from my childhood.


Ken Griffey is currently on the cover of MLB The Show ’17, so there might be some issues with him being the face of another game at the same time (this might have to wait until 2018).  But Nintendo shouldn’t have an issue acquiring the MLB rights since they are not exclusive to Sony, however if Nintendo wants to avoid the licensing they should be able to edit out the MLB and MLBPA properties fairly easily.   Read the rest of this entry

Has-Been Heroes

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Blaster Master Zero

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The Perfect System for Indies & Remasters

 

banner2.jpgLast week Nintendo showcased a bunch of different Indie games that are coming to the Switch, and that is when it dawned on me that the Switch is the perfect system to play indie games on.

While the PC will always have the largest library of games, and does have the functionality or ability to play on a TV, outside of devices like NVidia Shield, it lacks a way to go portable.  Even more so, the PC struggles with local multiplayer on one device.  PS4 and XBox One both lack the ability to play indies on the go.

The Switch however gives the player the ability to play on the go, and also play local multiplayer with ease, while still having all the functionality of a home console.  Indie games rarely ever push the tech boundaries, so the technical limitations of the Switch should not be an issue with indie titles.   When playing a multiplayer or co-op game such as Shovel Knight or Towerfall (not announced for Switch), the player is able to go play on the TV with a friend, or go mobile and break off both joycons and play co-op together.   This adds amazing potential and opens up a lot more opportunities than all other devices.  Without a doubt, the Switch will now be my Indie System of choice.

That’s not all though, the portability of the Switch is also going to make it my HD Remaster device of choice too.  So far in this generation  we have seen 360 and PS3 games get ported/remastered to the XB1/PS4.  The graphical upgrades really haven’t been that noticeable, and in some cases the performance has actually been the same or worse.  I, and many others still get sucked into buying these HD remakes even if they seem unnecessary.

However now on the Switch, the added mobile option makes these HD Remakes even more appealing.  If Capcom released the past Resident Evil’s on the Switch, or Konami released HD Remakes of the Metal Gear Series, Square-Enix did their Final Fantasy X/X-2 remaster on the Switch, etc I would pick them all up on the Switch over any other system.   We’ve seen Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster released on the PSVita before, but it was mobile only.  The Switch has more game changing functionality for a HD Remake than the PS4/XB1 does.  Until we get into the 4K Remasters, or full-on Remakes (like what Sony did with Ratchet & Clank), I don’t see why Switch owners would buy an HD Remake on any other system.

Any downfalls of Indies or HD Remakes on the Switch that I’m missing? Or advantages of the others?

Nintendo Switch Launch Party

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The Nintendo Switch has now Launched, so now the Party begins and we get to spend the weekend enjoying the latest console and handheld at the same time!!  Zelda is bound to steal the spotlight, but there are other launch games!!!  These will also be played and show off the unique features of the Nintendo Switch.  Feel free to participate in the chat, and watch on twitch.tv/theGamerPad or on the front page at theGamerPad.com

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This of course is the biggest title and most anticipated on the Switch.  Check back here for progression updates in the campaign and attached videos of our playthrough so far.

First Update: Played for a little over an hour and just obtained the Bombs.  This game feels so polished and pacing seems perfect.  Still very early but I can tell the greatness in this title. Wow this game is going to be amazing.

Second Update: There is so much to do in this world, we spent so much time exploring and hunting, every single action feels so polished.  We have just past the introduction and received the Paraglider.  Before that we obtained the ability to stop time and also to freeze water.  These mechanics combined with the previous ones will open up so many areas in the world and surely be a part of a lot of dungeon puzzles.    Can’t wait for more.

12switchminibanner.jpgThis is the local multiplayer party game that should really bring out some of the unique features of the Switch.  Will update with impressions and information about the different games as we play them.  Unsure how well this game will be represented in a stream.

First Update: This doesn’t show well in a stream, at least without a webcam.  The mini-games are very fun and I was very satisfied with the fun we had playing the games.  There was 3 of us and all 3 agree Ping Pong is the best.  It feels incredibly real.

bombermanminibanner.jpgA new Bomberman with a co-op campaign and the same classic multiplayer (plus online), this seems perfect, especially when paired with the ability to break off the joycons and play co-op while out of the house.  Will update with multiplayer impressions and co-op progress.  Videos coming.

First Update: This is traditional Bomberman at its best, and it’s everything a Bomberman fan would hope for.   We played local multiplayer a little bit online and even some co-op campaign.   This will be played a lot.

Second Update: We completed the first world in Co-Op.  The game is actually harder than I expected.  The boss fight was my favorite part so far.  Online multiplayer was lagging heavily today, wasn’t at all on Friday.

snipperclipsminibanner.jpgSnipperClips is another interesting launch title that should show off the Switch’s local multiplayer and co-op play.   Expect impressions and video updates.

First Update:  We cleared the first world.  This is a very unique game excellent co-op and great way to showcase the local multiplayer and joycons controls.

shovelknightminibanner.jpgShovel Knight Treasure Trove includes the brand new Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment.  Love the 8Bit style and I was a fan of the original Shovel Knight.  This will get some playtime too.  Expect updates about progress.

First Update: Didn’t really play much.   Expect more tomorrow.

Second Update: I beat the first level. The sprites are beautifully colored, the game is definitely for fans of 8bit retro games such as Mega Man.   Want to play more

My Interest Level of the Upcoming Switch Library

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Screw it, I’m Getting 2 Switches

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I know it sounds crazy to buy 2 Switches, especially when the Switch itself can function as 2 different gaming devices, a console and a handheld.  But in my household both my wife and I play games, and I’m starting to realize that sharing 1 Switch between the 2 of us might not be as easy as it seems.

For all of the consoles we own, we only have one of each.  But for all of our Nintendo portables, we each have our own.  We share the Playstation 4, but I strongly considered buying a PS4 Pro just so we could both play different PS4 games at the same time.  I know, this sounds pretty hardcore and spoiled, but sometimes I want to play Battlefield 1 and she wants to play Dragon Quest Builders, definitely first world problems.  We are also known to move the main consoles around the house at times, sometimes we play PS4 and Wii U in our game room, sometimes we move them upstairs to the family room.  PS4 has a bit of a universal power cord, so I had an extra that I keep upstairs along with the HDMI cable, this makes moving the PS4 from room to room fairly simple.  The Wii U however has it’s own unique power cord, and yes, we did shell out the $40 for it to make moving the Wii U from room to room easy, no need to drag around cords. Now that you might understand my situation, let me explain how this would play out with the Switch.

I’m pretty certain I will buy a second Nintendo Switch Dock, that way I could have one in the family room and one in the game room.  Very easy to move from TV to TV, very spoiled, I know.  The Switch Dock is $90 when sold separately (pretty ridiculous), so that’s already gonna cost me close to 1/3rd the price of the Switch.  I tend to buy multiple controllers for when I have local multiplayer parties and so I don’t put wear on one single controller, by rotating I keep them all relatively fresh (or relatively slightly worn).  I was planning on buying another standard-type controller or two.  One of those controllers being a Pro (but not included in this equation) the other being another set of Joy-Cons and another Joy-Con grip.  An extra pair of Joy-Cons are $79.99 and an extra Joy-Con Grip is $29.99!!  I understand all the tech in the Joy-Cons and how it’s essentially 2 controllers, so I’m fine with the $80 price tag.but the Grip is just a piece of plastic!!! (Edited:  Didn’t realize the one that is sold separately is also a chargerAnyhow for the cost of the Dock, the pair of Joy-Cons and the Joy-Con Grip, I’m at $199.97!! At that point I might as well just pony up the extra $100 and get another Switch!!

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An extra Switch will come with some added benefits.  My wife and I will get all of those extra accessories that I mentioned buying separate.  We will Read the rest of this entry

Switch Hype – Splatoon

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How is it Related to the Nintendo Switch?  This summer Splatoon 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch!!  Of course it makes sense to go back and play the original to get a taste of what we’re gonna see on the Switch!

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I still hadn’t completed the single player campaign from the original Splatoon, so I went back and finished off the final 2 levels and the boss fight!!

Switch Hype – Super Mario Galaxy 2

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How is it Related to the Nintendo Switch?  Super Mario Galaxy 2 is considered the last “real” Super Mario game in a 360degree world.  A lot of people consider Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World to be a different series.  With Nintendo’s announcement of Super Mario Odyssey coming Holiday 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, I thought it would be fun to go back and play some Super Mario Galaxy 2.  A reminder of how great the Super Mario games really are.

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I actually played this through the Virtual Console on the Wii U, not with my physical Wii copy.  I hadn’t completed the main game before this play through, and I was a bit rusty remembering the controls or being quick in maneuvering, but it all eventually came back.  I cleared the last world of the main game.  This is my favorite game from the Wii, I hope Mario Odyssey is just as good!

Switch Hype – Mario Kart 8

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How is it Related to the Nintendo Switch?  On April 28th Nintendo is releasing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch.  It will include all of the tracks and characters from Mario Kart 8 + The DLC Characters and Tracks + An Improved Battle Mode with New Battle Courses.

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Just played a couple of circuits on 100cc.  I’m not quite the pro at Mario Kart 8 like I am at ones from the past.  Luckily there’s room to grow when I play on the Switch.